I used to watch Carol's show back in the 70s when I was just a kid. It was a highlight of the week for our family... I also loved her in several film roles, including Miss Hannigan from Annie. I have always admired her and her timeless sense of humor.
I enjoyed her reading very much... I laughed a lot, and got a little misty when she spoke about her daughter... I was touched that she so honestly read this part with so much obvious emotion.
I'm so glad I bought this book. Thanks, Carol.
I used to watch the Carol Burnett Show when I was a kid in the mid to late 1970's. Most shows don't age well, but when I see clips today, it is just as funny now as it was then. Hearing Carol Burnett tell stories about her life and what was going on in the background of her show is almost as funny as the show itself. I definitely recommend this to anyone that enjoys a laugh--whether or not they watched her show(s) when they aired. Oh, and I cried in places, too.
Delivered as only Carol Burnett could do. Thank you for giving us this extra time together!
Each story is short, so it's a good listen for even short commutes.
What a delight to spend time with a lady who though challenged with life's tests has learned to share with grace and humor life's lessons and blessings. Her ability to encourage us to see the humor in everyday situations gives hope and drawn us to see a brighter vision of reality. It is said that every dark cloud has a silver lining and Carol has the gift to focus our attention toward that light. I personally liked her ability to look outside herself and see a greater power working in and through her life to bless others. Her personal stories not only give one insight into her life but also help to understand how in encouraging others we find encouragement for ourselves. In the final analysis I feel she shows how greatness comes through humility, service and showing the healing that comes in being able to laugh at one's self.
The stories were too sweet and chummy and not very funny. Ms Burnett's narration was strangely off kilter - her voice went higher at just the wrong moments. For a dramatic actress, she was a very sing-song, ineffective reader. The stories were too tame. If you were not a Carol Burnett Show viewer with memories of the actors she worked with, you will probably not find these stories very interesting. The only redeeming factor is that Carol Burnett is so NICE! And that comes through. But honestly, if we hadn't been on a long car trip with few other options, we never would have listened to the whole thing (and my husband usually likes
One of my top ten listens.
Carol tells it all, from the intense joys to the lowest lows. She is authentic, funny and a great storyteller.
You could hear honest emotions in her voice. It's rare when you hear a celebrity's voice quiver as they tell a biographical story.
I laughed out loud often and was touched emotionally during her stories of pain and loss.
Carol Burnett has given us the gift of returning to that era of television magic when a show and its star actually became part of our family. For me, it became a reunion with great TV memories.
Mac Lover in Tennessee
This was so enjoyable I was disappointed when it ended. It even included your tarzan yell!! I'm so glad we had this time together...........
In answer to the question: "If you could have dinner with anyone ever, who would it be," my answer, from as far back as I can remember, has always been "Carol Burnett". With this audiobook I feel that wish has been granted. Burnett stuffs this book full of anecdotes from all points of her brilliant career that will have you unabashedly howling with laughter (thus, caution when listening in public) and fighting back tears (ditto on the public listening)--but mostly the former. Delightfully, her delivery is as passionate, absorbing and natural as one imagines an evening with Carol might be! And yes, you'll hear the Tarzan yell.
carol burnett has always been a hero of mine eversince i fell in love with her show. her stories are engaging and profound. i loved her book and i loved hearing her voice. she kept me enthralled all the way through to the end. thanks carol.
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
In spite of Carol's unmistakable voice - which is a treat to listen to - I was disappointed to find that listening to a narrative of her career highlights was not nearly as entertaining as watching her. Not as many laughs as I had hoped.
SET REVIEWS TO BE SORTED BY 'MOST RECENT' INSTEAD OF 'MOST HELPFUL'!
She's my friend
Carol, of course....but also her grandmother, her daughter Carrie, the little girl who peeked under the bathroom stall, the teenaged Vickie Lawrence, Jake the free school headmaster, Walter Matthau, Julie Andrews, Harvey Korman (even the day he misbehaved on the set so badly that Carol had to fire him), Marlon Brando (the day he called to ask Carol where she got her chin), the priest who asked for a hug onstage, and all the other mixed nuts enlivening this wonderful can of party mix.
The scene in which Carol is grabbed on a dark and empty New York City street, but scares off her would-be assailant using her greatest assets: her big mouth and her voice! I won't ever forget that story. I also loved Carol's assertion of "He's my friend" re: Jimmy Stewart, when she was just a little girl and had seen him on the big screen while on an outing to the cinema with her grandmother.
She's your favorite funny aunt, your sister, your mom, and your favorite babysitter all rolled into one!
I grew up with Carol Burnett; my parents were latter-day hipster swingers who left us alone every weekend evening so they could go out cavorting with other couples. As the oldest, I was in charge of the television in my parents' room as well as my brother....so Carol Burnett kept me company as my little brother slept on my parents' bed every Saturday night from 10 to 11. And she and her madcap castmates DID come to feel like friends! It was so interesting to hear the stories behind the scenes. VERY worthy use of a credit! Don't miss this one!